If you are injured by somebody’s actions, you may be able to recover damages. In this article, we’ll define what it means to legally recover something and explain how it applies to different areas of law including personal injury, auto accidents, DUI law, and medical malpractice.
In law, to recover means to receive a money judgment in a lawsuit. The money one recovers is referred to as damages. The objective of most civil lawsuits is to recover damages.
Damages are a monetary awards intended to replace or compensate for the losses and injuries suffered by the plaintiff in a case. They can be awarded for both monetary and non-monetary losses.
Monetary damages include things like:
Non-monetary damages include things like:
Personal injury law allows people who suffered harm from an accident or injury to be compensated by the party who was at fault. Types of situations in which you might file a personal injury lawsuit include
Types of damages that you can recover in personal injury cases include:
Auto accidents are a specific type of personal injury case in which the injury is caused by a driver on the road. These lawsuits are usually brought against drivers whose negligence caused a collision. Examples of negligent behavior that can lead to auto accidents include:
Types of damages that you can recover in auto accident cases include:
DUIs are a specific type of auto accident case in which the at-fault driver was driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, causing a collision. These cases are usually much easier to win because it is simpler to prove negligence when there is physical evidence that one party was intoxicated.
The damages that you can recover in DUI cases are the same as those you can recover in auto accident cases in general.
Medical malpractice refers to situations in which healthcare professionals fail to meet the duty of care that they owe to their patients, causing injury or loss. Examples of situations that would qualify as medical malpractice include:
Damages that you can recover in medical malpractice cases include: